Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 6/21/2013

who do i need to stop water goming in under the door?

the side door of my garage lets water in at the bottom every time it rains.

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

2 Answers


Is the door under a cover or is it open to the elements? Exterior doors should always have some sort of extra layer of protection. The cheapest solution is to have a handyman replace or adjust the threshold and wetherstrip. Then install a storm door in front of the exterior door. Remember doors are not water tight. If they get splashed consistently during a storm they will leak no matter what anyone does, short of caulking it shut.

A better solution is to build a small roof over the door to shied it from falling rain and divert water away from it. This can be cantilevered or set on posts. I'd still install a storm door though unless the roof is 5-6' or more away from the house so there is little to no splash on the door. For this work you'll need an experienced contractor.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Todd's suggestion about an overhang porch roof can help in falling rain and snow and should definitely be done to protect the door from frequent wetting, but does not do as much for blowing rain.

Assuming the door opens inwards another thing you can do, though it narrows the door opening a couple of inches, is to install a garage door weatherstrip on it - here is an image -

This is the heavy-duty type - there is a lighter duty one in white also.

The right side of the strip, as shown, is nailed to the doorframe. The left side of the strip, as shown in the image, should press tight against the door when it closes. That provides a pretty tight rainseal around the top and sides of the door.

At the bottom of the door you can use this type of weatherseal -

It fastens to the bottom of the door (may require a thinner doorsill to fit), and the overhanging lip at the right of the photo diverts the runoff from the door outward from the doorsill so it drips free to the ground. Total cost for materials a typical mandoor about $50.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy